Today, A-Level students at Sunderland College and Hartlepool Sixth Form achieved a record set of results, which have enabled them to progress their university and career ambitions.
Combined, the colleges celebrated an overall A-Level pass rate of 99%. This is an increase on last year and a reflection of the success of the merger almost two years ago.
An impressive 100% pass rate in 23 A-Level subjects including Maths, History and English Literature was achieved. In addition, 73% of students gained the top grades A*-C.
The results have enabled students across both colleges to accept offers from top universities – including the prestigious Russell Group Universities, progress to higher level apprenticeships or embark on new careers.
Outstanding achievements included Kristin Hindmarch aged 18, from Doxford Park who studied at Sunderland College and achieved A* in Biology, A in Chemistry, A in Maths and D in Further Maths. She is now heading to Oxford University to study medicine. Kristin, who is the first member of her family to go to university, said:
“I’m really happy with my results but it doesn’t seem real. I didn’t think I would get an A* so I’m really pleased.
“I’m so glad I came to Sunderland College as the teachers have prepared me for university and made me more independent. I always wanted to apply for Oxford but it was my teachers here that gave me the final push I needed.”
A delighted student at Hartlepool Sixth Form, footballer Luke Meridth from Hartlepool, who achieved A* in Maths and two As for Further Maths and Physics, is now heading to the University of Manchester to study Astrophysics. Luke is also a member of the sixth form’s football academy and combined his studies with playing elite football. He said:
“I was buzzing when I saw my results. I’ve really enjoyed my time at Hartlepool Sixth Form and will really miss it. I chose to leave school and have a college experience and I have become more independent and more motivated here.”
Sunderland College and Hartlepool Sixth Form merged in September 2017 and are part of Education Partnership North East, which is now one of the largest college groups in the country. Ellen Thinnesen, Chief Executive of Education Partnership North East, said:
“Our students work incredibly hard and I am delighted that the outstanding efforts of both students and staff has been rewarded with these results today. I am proud of all our student achievements across both colleges and I wish them every success as they progress further.”